St. Francis College

English

Go on a Literary Journey and let it take you to the Career of your Dreams!

Overview

If you can read actively, write responsively, and think critically, you will be prepared for any job under the sun.

That's exactly what English majors learn at St. Francis College and our graduates have gone on to programs at Cornell University, New York University School of Dentistry, University of Iowa Creative Writing Program, and University of Notre Dame.

Find yourself. Find your voice. Find your future.
Be an English Major at St. Francis College.

English majors learn everything from classical texts to contemporary and popular culture. The experiences go well beyond the classroom. Through the Walt Whitman Writers Series, the $50,000 Literary Prize, and a strong collaboration with independent bookseller BookCourt, St. Francis College brings top authors to campus every semester including:

  • Junot Díaz
  • Stephen King
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Marlon James
  • Maud Casey

So if you want to be anything from a writer or politician to a policy analyst or brand manager, becoming an English major is a crucial first step.

Courses & Program Info

Mission

The English department recruits, supports, and retains faculty members who are active scholars and accomplished instructors to pursue a study and a discussion of humane ideas as they are found in the literature and culture of societies where English is the dominant or colonizing language. By association and membership in professional organizations, English faculty regularly participate in and contribute to the wider community of scholarship, research, and pedagogical theory in the disciplines of literature, writing, and cultural studies. We seek to serve the larger academic community and the local Brooklyn community through event programming and collaborative projects.

We provide our students with an education of the highest quality in American, British, and world literature and cultural studies. In writing, we integrate breadth with depth, recognizing tradition’s place in contemporary expression. We look to have our students become independent, self-motivated learners, confident in their research and synthesizing skills; we attract students from diverse geographical, professional, racial, and ethical backgrounds; and we encourage minority and foreign applicants as well as returning and adult learners.

To achieve these general goals, the Department of English operates three groups of programs: The Writing Program, The General Education Program Courses and Electives in English Language and Literature, The Major and Minor Programs.

See what courses we offer

Faculty

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Ghazala Afzal

Ghazala Afzal

Adjunct
English
Elizabeth Albrecht

Elizabeth Albrecht

Adjunct Professor
English
Robert Bove

Robert Bove

Adjunct Professor
English
Athena Devlin

Athena Devlin

Associate Professor
English, American Studies
Jason Dubow

Jason Dubow

Lecturer
English
Virginia Franklin

Virginia Franklin

Associate Professor
English, Honors
Wendy Galgan

Wendy Galgan

Department Chairperson, Associate Professor, Co-Director for the Women's Center/Women's Studies Minor, Director, Women’s Poetry Initiative
Women's Studies, English, American Studies
Theo Gangi

Theo Gangi

Program Director, Lecturer
English, MFA Writing
Mitchell Levenberg

Mitchell Levenberg

Lecturer
English
Ian Maloney

Ian Maloney

Associate Professor
English, American Studies, Honors

News & Events

News

This is a Time For Us to Be Bold - President Martinez-Saenz Lays Out Vision for St. Francs College

In a deeply personal address with anecdotes about his family and an exploration of the mission of college education in the modern day, St. Francis College President Miguel Martinez-Saenz laid out an ambitious plan setting the College on a path of growth and transformation.

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The Inauguration of President Miguel Martinez-Saenz

The words of poet Maya Angelou were the first ones uttered by President Miguel Martinez-Saenz to a standing room only crowd of prospective students and their parents at the St. Francis College Open House in October. They knew, right away, this new president was energized with new ways to engage and educate the entire college community.

Now a few months into his tenure as the 19th President in its 160 year history, St. Francis College is proud to announce a series of events celebrating the inauguration of President Miguel Martinez-Saenz.

Read more about The Inauguration of President Miguel Martinez-Saenz

Upcoming Events

Goals & Objectives

The Writing Program

  • Students will improve upon inadequate writing preparation and poor written expression by enrolling in courses designed to remediate writing problems while allowing students to demonstrate competence in written expression..
  • Students will develop skills, confidence and competence in written expression.
  • In their writing, students will develop sound organization of thought, clarity in the structure of sentences and paragraphs, forceful, energetic prose and critical thinking.
  • Students with second language and dialect interference problems will be able to move into the mainstream of standard written edited English.

The General Education Program Courses and Electives

  • Students will increase their understanding of traditional genres by study in courses in major authors and in special topics courses on contemporary authors and trends.
  • Students will refine their interpretive skills by being introduced to a variety of critical methods in courses on critical topics and the nature of literary analysis.
  • Students will be able to discuss literary and cultural theories, enriching their understanding of a work.
  • Students will be able to explain the richness and diversity of the social and ethical values in literature and their response to those values.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate sine if their sensitivity to language and to literary structure in their own writing through the cognitive and affective aims of the required writing component of each course.

The Major and Minor Programs

  • Students will be able to discuss and explain a variety of critical methods in courses on critical topics and the nature of literary analysis.
  • Students will strengthen their response to literature upon completion of courses that focus on British, American, and international literary and cultural motifs.
  • Through practice in careful, critical reading, students will develop a sense of literary and cultural theories, enriching their understanding of the texts they are examining.
  • Students will develop skills, confidence, and competence in written expression through the required writing component of each course, by courses offered in advanced writing and research, and through courses in creative writing.
  • Students will participate in internship opportunities and career counseling for both majors and minors to prepare them for graduate studies in English, as well as a wide range of careers.

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue